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Farata, the Mauritian equivalent of Indian paratha (and similar to Cape Malay rotis), is a flat bread typically eaten with curry. It’s buttery, flaky and delicious. The good news is that it’s really easy to make farata at home – a perfect accompaniment to Mauritian, Indian or Cape Malay curry.

 

Mauritian farata

Makes 8 faratas

  • 1 kg white flour
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 80 ml warm water
  • Salt and oil
  • 4 tbsp melted butter

Sieve the flour and a pinch of salt together.  Rub the flour/salt mixture with the melted butter until it resembles breadcrumbs.

Gradually add warm water to make a soft dough. Cover the dough mixture and set it aside for at least 10 minutes. Then divide the dough into eight portions and form each into a ball and then roll out into circles. Brush each circle with melted butter and fold over into a half circle. Brush again with melted butter and fold over once more to form a triangle. Roll out the triangular shapes to get thin circles.

Fry the faratas, one by one, on a hot griddle or frying pan for one minute on each side or until cooked (when it has golden brown spots).

Serve farata with Mauritian curry (get a Creole chicken curry recipe here) or serve in a Mauritian-pizza style (like in the photo) – with a cooked tomato sauce, steamed spinach and melted mozzarella.

 

I learned to make this Mauritian recipe on a cooking lesson with the fantastic chefs at LUX Le Morne.  For more on LUX Le Morne, click here.

 

Check out my other Mauritius food blogs:

25 of the best things to eat and drink in Mauritius

A foodie exploration of Mauritius in photos

Mauritian recipe: prawn rougaille

Mauritian recipe: sweet potato cakes



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